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Jan 19, 2013 7:00am EST
, of course, the december 14th tragedy which killed 20 young children and six educators in newtown. that incident still is incomprehensible to most of us. too many times during the last year mayors have expressed shock at a mass shooting and even more frequently we must cope with gun violence that occurs on the streets of our own cities. the u.s. conference of mayors has been calling for sensible gun laws to protect the public for more than 40 years. it's not a new issue for us. may or yours and police chiefs from cities of all sizes have worked together in this effort over the years. in an open letter to the president and the congress sent just three days after the newtown tragedy occurred, the conference of mayors sent a statement urging immediate action. now more than 200 mayors have signed on to the letter, and we are calling on our president to exercise his powers through either executive order or action of the congress to introduce and pass legislation to make reasonable changes in our gun laws and regulations. specifically, we called on congress to enact legislation to ban a
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